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Best Bites of 2012

by Jacqueline Church on December 21, 2012 · 0 comments

I was asked to contribute to the best bites list – a compilation of media folks’ recommendations published by Boston’s Hidden Restaurants. Given the stellar company, I can’t hope to provide a secret favorite or a yet-to-be-discovered spot (although I DO know of a new dumpling house coming to Chinatown – scoop!) I took a […]

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When you think about what Portugal has contributed to the world of gastronomic pleasure, we really do – all of us, owe them a debt of gratitude. I was thrilled to receive David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table (ahem) a while ago. As I do, I have spent months reading it and imagining making each recipe […]

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It’s easy to fall into an ordering rut. You go to a favorite place – you order your favorite dishes. Gook su bok kum at Suishaya in Chinatown is a perfect example of why we should venture beyond “the usual.” Stir fried noodles with spicy pork served on a sizzling platter for $12.95 easily enough […]

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In the spirit of holiday gift giving, and for those of you with birthdays to buy for as well, I offer a list of cookbooks that are guaranteed to delight the cooks on your list. I’m enriched beyond words by knowing many of these authors and inspired in ways I cannot count. I hope that […]

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Inspired by Yvette van Boeven’s Home Made – a Kitchn Holiday pick, I’ve been thinking about treats for our doggie friends. I’ve been wanting to bake some treats for our canine buddies in the building Tucker, Herbie, Doc and possibly Gia depending on her diet. I’ve come to learn that some foods are harmful in […]

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Michael Ruhlman the author of the captivating inside look into the Culinary Institute of America (see his Soul of a Chef trilogy) and more recently the author of Ratio and Twenty, was also the author of this Tweet on a recent morning: “email to cia student: learn 2 b excellent writer first, then turn that […]

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This did not come easy, but then, life is not easy. While the downward compression of pay for writers continues, our costs go up. I’m offered fifteen cents a word for a job that last year might have been $1 a word. My hosting service and my newsletter service both cost real money and those […]

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  Learning your way around an old-fashioned butcher’s counter can be tough. If you grew up, as I did, with “meat” coming wrapped in plastic (not paper) on a styrofoam tray, you had little clue what part of the animal the meat came from or truly, that it even came from an animal.   Kari […]

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You may recall I’ve sneaked around canning like a voyeur at a sex club. Very intrigued. Not jumping in. I was delighted to connect my experienced friends when the Canvolution got underway and to attend the first event here in the Boston area. Canning (listen Rich, we know they’re jars, but it’s called canning and […]

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